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Author : Deepak
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Published Date: 2010/12/11 18:55:34
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Introduction: Introducing an attractive pond into your garden can really transform its appearance, creating an inviting and relaxing feature. Establishing a well balanced environment for your fish will keep them healthy and maintain the balance of your fond. And remember to allow your fish plenty of swimming space. Larger fish in a smaller pond looks less natural then few smaller ones. Ask for an expert advice and always check how big your fish will grow before you buy.

Which Type of Fish? A good mix of bottom, mid and surface feeder will help maintain the balance of your pond. Some larger such as Koi have a tendency to uproot place so are not best suited for a heavily planted pond. Stick to smaller species eg: Goldfish, Shubunkins and Comets.

How Many Fish? Stocking levels will vary depending on filtration and husbandry however a general rule for stocking is 25cm of fish per square meter of surface area or 55 cms per 1000 litres volume. To populate an empty pond, don’t rush into buying all your fish in one go. It’s for better to stock the pond gradually, giving the fish – and the pond – time to acclimatise. When stocking your pond, keep in mind your fish will continue to grow and breed.

Introducing your fish: It is possible to introduce a few fish into your pond 48 hours after it has been installed and filled with the use of a suitable de-chlorinator. However it is recommended waiting for about 4 weeks after the pond has been planted to give it a time to settle and mature. This creates a more natural environment of your new fish.

Feeding: Established pools with a good balance of plants, wildlife and fish will provide plenty of food, in which case feeding acts as a supplement to this natural diet. However if your pond it heavily stocked or lacks plant life, regular feeding becomes vital to the wellbeing of your fish. There is wide choice of food available, some designed specifically for winter or summer feeding. The amount of food your fish need depends on water temperature, so they will eat more in the summer months. Pond fish thrive on light feeding, giving them only what they can eat in a few minutes. Try to remove any uneaten food from the pond – otherwise it break down and cause contamination.

Maintenance & Care: Poor water quality is the main cause of fish mortality and health problem. As always testing the water regularly is the best way to maintain a healthy environment for your fish. A filtration system will be required for most ponds where there are a number of fish. Always seek immediate advice if any fish seem to be suffering health problems – immediate action and treatment will increase chances of a full recovery.

Tips for healthy Fish:
--> Healthy water equals healthy fish
--> Test the water regularly for toxins and Ph levels
--> Filtration and careful planting help keep toxins to a minimum
--> If water quality is constantly poor, the filter may need upgrading
--> When adding new fish to the pond away test the water first, remember, established fish can acclimatize to a gradual decrease in water quality over time which could be fatal to new arrivals

Reference: WorldOfWater

Good Luck
Deepak

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